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beyond its borders. >> now to the scandal rocking the vatican. the pope's former butler found guilty today of stealing private papal documents and leaking them to a reporter, but tonight the butler is expecting a pardon. paulo gabrieli was always close to the pope or at his side serving dinner. it was a trusted position and he betrayed that trust, handing over thousands of copies of documents to an investigative journalist who was writing a tell-all book. it caused a sensation with accusations of fighting and financial misdealings. in court the butler confessed to the crime and said he did it out of love for the church. his lawyer said he shouldn't be remembered as a thief and even hopes that in the future his motives will be rewarded for the butler said it himself in court this morning, he did what he did for the sake of the church and of the pope. >> vatican judges disagreed, sentencing gabrieli to 18 months in prison. the butler has to wait for forgiveness from the very man he betrayed. the pope's spokesman says a pardon is likely and the pontiff will now study the court file and
day of the trial of pope benedict's former butler has come to a close. the man confessed to stealing confidential documents from the pope's apartment and leaking them to the press. nbc's claudia has the latest for us from rome. >> the most sensational trial to be held in the vatican for decades or centuries will be over in a week. today marks the start of the so-called trial, the one that sues the pope's former butler accused of stealing and leaking private documents from the pope's apartment through the italian media to expose what he said was the evil and corruption he saw all around catholic church. he was in court this morning looking tense. but he didn't show my ni emotion. >> he was occasion untilly a little bit nervous but for the most part he was smiling. he looked rather calm. he obviously had some inside tension. he looked a little bit pale. and he had bags undh-nder his e >> he be take the stand on tuesday and he could be sentenced by the end of next week. he's already confessed to the crime to it looks like a mess of the butler did it but the question remains, the butler
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